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"It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV.

Then the winter came, and the grasshopper died, and the octopus ate all his acorns and also he got a racecar. Is any of this getting through to you?"


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Hmm Now What? Also, Machine Guns

Journal Entry: Sun Sep 7, 2014, 3:52 AM

After the final presentations just over a week ago I've finally finished my MSc course! So having moved out and back home I'm now free to catch up and work on all the various things I couldn't do in Manchester. And also get back on the job hunt. :o

My final talk went well and I passed with a Distinction (>70%). In fact I even won the prize for best presentation which was a surprise. Because there are so many students, the talks ran in several sessions in different rooms throughout the day. Students could choose which sessions they wanted to attend, and mine was mid afternoon upstairs in a smaller conference room of the Hotel that was being used for the day. So in the end for this session, apart from the other 4 students who were giving their talks, very few additional classmates were there to watch. Lots of PhD and industry people mind you. So I won the prize but barely anyone from the class was there to see why haha.


Oh yes, I went back to edit the BioShock Infinite machine gun and over 4 days this week built it using my new sparkly Brother printer I got for my birthday. At last a printer with good ink saturation that prints greys as greys, rather than green!

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It's bloody huge! Actually the stock and trigger assembly are reasonable, but the heat sink looks like something from a heavy MG. My cutting mat (cm grid) and slim airsoft Sten gun 'Stenedict Arnold' for scale reference.

I haven't bothered including some extra bits around the rear sight as it was too fiddly, and I've stripped out a lot of trims and bevelled edges in favour of simple and stronger cylindrical parts. A while ago I pondered about using liquid plastic to strengthen the insides. But it's expensive and I really can't predict how the paper would react. Would it leak before setting? Does it warp/heat up when curing? In the end I just used 200gsm, plenty of reinforcement surfaces and several strategically placed wooden lolly (popsicle) sticks. It's actually reasonably strong apart from the holey heat sink. Just have to be careful not to crush or flex the framework.

I wasn't considering this for a wide release. If you want the PDO for building purposes, note me.

Edit: Play Expo is 95% impossible for me to attend due to sudden (but fortunate in other ways) circumstances. So, mortified that this might all go to waste I'm looking at attending the Wrexham Comic Con in Wales in late November instead. 

Edit2: Hmm there could be a window for Play Expo after all...depends how busy I will be. Agh.

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RAF jacket with gold ribbon and a harness made from belts.

All Glory to the Hypnotoad by Barbiesocks Zoidberg Stamp by XenonRay Give a llama, get a llama by Neg0ne Yes-Man Stamp by artemispanthar .: Read the comments :. Stamp by Beti-Kot Stamp::Bioshock:Infinite: by Rayne-Is-Butts

  • Mood: Content
  • Reading: The Lancaster Men
  • Watching: Adventure Time
  • Playing: Skyrim


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Chris Gilman
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United Kingdom
About Me:
Postgraduate petroleum geology student and artistic dabbler from the north west of England.

I'm fascinated with historical military designs, particularly from about 1800-1920 and all the related themes that go with them. The Napoleonic and colonial eras up until WWI and the Interwar period are my favourite areas of inspiration. Aww who am I kidding, WW2 is also very interesting to read up on as well.

Besides that I design and build papercraft models using 3D data from games. I've worked on a whole bunch over the years from games on the N64, GC/Wii and PC. The templates are freely distributed in my gallery or over on my old blog. If you ever build any I always thrilled to see any pictures you might have!

Find me on Steam and (rarely) Origin, as XenonRay.

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It's August 30th which means it's that time of the year again and your special day is here! We hope you have an awesome day with lots of birthday fun, gifts, happiness and most definitely, lots of cake! Here's to another year! 

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